Things near us – West Country Blacksmiths @ Allerford Forge

If you are planning a visit to Allerford Forge, or you are visiting the area, it may be useful to know a little bit more about the place. Here are some pointers we hope you will find useful- 

Picture of the famous packhorse bridge in Allerford

Picture of the famous packhorse bridge in Allerford

Allerford Village -  Allerford is a village on the National Trust estate of Holnicote on the edge of Exmoor in Somerset.  The beautiful village is nestled between the coastal villages of Minehead and Porlock, a stone’s throw from the A39 and is renowned for its lavish beauty and quaint country charm, which is boarded by the beautiful ancient woodland of Selworthy Woods and is home to the ever popular packhorse bridge across the river Aller.


Allerford is a favorite for visitors and especially walkers as its extremely family and dog friendly with well maintained footpaths through the beautiful countryside and a nice village play area, which is a must visit for all little visitors. Alongside this you will find free parking and toilets in the main car park in the center of Allerford, with no restriction on length of stay.

What sets Allerford apart from most rural communities is not only its beauty, but its active community and small business and organisations which operate from the village. Alongside the blacksmiths working away at the forge ( , you will also find -

Allerford Post Office & Tea Room – A quaint village shop, post office and tea room which runs all year round service all sorts including local produce, preserve, gifts and warm food.

Allerford Minibuses – A small family run minibus company who transport locals and visitors throughout the area an a useful contact if you’re coming as part of a walking holiday as a group -

Allerford & Selworthy Village Hall – The local village hall which has undergone a recent renovation. the village hall back onto the recreations ground and play facilities -

Allerford Reading Rooms – A social club open to all visitors

Crosslane House – A fantastic place which recently when thought a mass regeneration by the National Trust. The Boutique hotel is one of the very finest around and their award winning chef make dining a true pleasure. -

Packhorse B&B – Self contained B&B accommodation in the heart of the village -

Rural Life Museum – The West Somerset Rural Life museum is a real gem of a place. The museum is privately ran and is based in the old school houses. The place has some real rare pieces and really worth a visit. -

Exmoor Owl & Hawk CentreA place to visit for the day or a place to stay, where you can fly birds of prey and exquisite owls, ride barefoot horses over the hills and through the woods -

Piles Mill - Chainsaw carvers who produce stinging sculptures based on the countryside around.

Picture of Piles Mill waterwheel in action

Places to visit near by -

Bossington – Beautiful coastal village a short walk or drive from Allerford –

PorlockPorlock is a traditional Exmoor Village with a lot history , quaint shops and lots of nice traditional country pubs

Porlock Weir – On of the country true hidden beauty spots. At the weir you will find a picturesque harbour and fishing port, with a traditional pub, restaurants and quaint individual shop.

Minehead – Minehead is one of Exmoor’s main town with high visitor numbers visiting in the summer. Minehead is beautiful and positioned on the edge of Exmoor with a high street, beach, traditional harbour and much more -

Dunster – Dunster is a medieval village which is a lovely place to visit all year round. In the village you will find lots of cafe’, fine restaurants, boutique and unique shops and the national trust owned Dunster Castle. -

Dunster Beach – Dunster Beach is a privately owned beach which is beautiful in the summer and a nice place to walk in the summer -

Lynton & Lynmouth – Another hidden beauty spot which is positioned on the coastline on the edge of North Devon. The two villages are linked by road and a cliff railway and if a popular place for visitors to visit and stay in the summer months –

Dulverton – Dulverton in a traditional town on Exmoor which has a strong community with shops, restaurants, pubs and mores. A place for all to enjoy a short stay or a visit – 

We hope that you find these links helpful.

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